Transatlantic Partnerships

We are very pleased to announce a new partnership with Music Prince Edward Island and the English Folk Dance and Song Society. We believe the best way to help musicians from small nations and regions to reach new opportunities and markets is to help each other. This marks our first, formal step in that direction.

This year we are sending Kizzy Crawford, one of our finest singer-songwriters to Prince Edward Island to work with Tim Chaisson. Kizzy is a recipient of the Horizons Award and recently featured in Ffwrnes Gerdd; a trac, Arts council of Wales and S4C collaboration. Tim is a fantastic singer-songwriter who regularly features on Americana TV shows and has recently toured Australia.

They'll write together and are currently touring Atlantic Canada before showcasing at Music PEI's Showcase PEI and conference on 2-4 October at Charlottetown.

This November we'll be organising a short tour of Wales and the UK culminating in a showcase alongside England's Dan Walsh and PEI's Meaghan Blanchard at the Association of Festival Organisers' conference, Nottingham.

Our Partners


BEAM 2014 Adborth : Feedback


Dyma ddau o FEAMwyr wedi sylwi ar eu profiad hwy o'r Arbrawf Mawr 2014.

Here are two of our BEAMers responding to their time at the Big Experiment 2014

Annwyl Blanche, Danny, Angharad

Diolch yn fawr ichi gyd am drefnu penwythnos morwych. Wnaethom i gyd ei fwynhau fel unigolion ac fel teulu. Anghofiais rhoi'r canlynol ar fy ffurflen adborth ac mae Rhian yn teimlo'r un fath.  

Roeddwn yn arbennig o falch o'r ffordd roedd pawb oedd yn gallu siarad Cymraeg yn dewis gwneud union hynny. Roedd y cynsail roeddech chi fel arweinwyr yn ei osod yn "caniatau " i bawb arall dilyn yn yr un modd.  Roedd 'na deimlad o ryddid i siarad Cymraeg heb orfod brwydro am yr hawl i wneud, heb feirniadaeth, na'r teimlad eich bod yn "awkward" wrth dewis gwneud.  Roedd o mor braf cael defnyddio'n hiaith yn naturiol. Yn hynny o beth roedd Yr Arbrawf Mawr yn fodel o sut ddylai digwyddiadau cyhoeddus fod yng Nghymru ac mae 'na le i lawer o fudiadau ddysgu oddi wrthych. 
Gwych iawn
Diolch eto


To Blanche, Danny and everyone else

Diolch yn fawr indeed for an absolutely wonderful weekend.

There is nothing quite like the atmosphere at these events; can't put my finger on it but the whole place just buzzes. 

I can imagine all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes before we punters just arrive to lap it all up.  Thanks to everyone.

There is something special about the Conwy Centre; combination of a lovely setting and homeliness which really appeals to me, to say nothing of easier access from my home.  Great to hear Welsh spoken all around; so it should be!

Looking forward to next year already.

Best wishes


















Beamwyr yn dysgu'r Cadi Ha : BEAMers learning the Cadi Ha

Cerdd Cymru : Music Wales International Seminars

Cerdd Cymru : Music Wales International Seminars

On Friday 12th September, Cerdd Cymru : Music Wales and Welsh Government will be hosting a number of seminars to help you get the low down on doing business and showcasing internationally, including SXSW, Midem and a more in-depth preparation meeting for WOMEX 14.

You can register for both events or individually HERE. Some elements will be filmed and will be shared later for those who are unable to travel.

To build on the outstanding success of WOMEX 13 Cardiff, Cerdd Cymru : Music Wales and Welsh Government are supporting a delegation of Welsh artists and businesses respectively to attend WOMEX 14,  to make sure we maximise on the opportunities developed in Cardiff last year to grow Wales’ music sector internationally.

To prepare for WOMEX 14 we are hosting a targeted event to help you make the most of this international world music market and the contacts we’ve made. As well as one to one meetings, we will be leading a group discussion in which Wales’ WOMEXicans can share their experience to date. Come to exploit the connections and intelligence made over the past few years for your own benefit. Others who cannot make it to WOMEX are also welcomed.

Read more: Cerdd Cymru : Music Wales International Seminars

New! Community Folk Music Tutor Training


Traditional musician? Looking for new and exciting opportunities around teaching others? 
Whether a performer interested in learning new skills as a tutor, or a practicing tutor who would like to brush up on their knowledge and share best practice with others, this brand new training programme from trac will have something to offer most traditional musicians. 
Working alongside Commmunity Music Wales, our bespoke course focuses on theory and practice in community music through practical lessons, with information specific to delivering folk music workshops in Wales. The training is also set to cover:
Learning styles
Group work
Creating workshop material
Facilitating client learning
Rhythm and percussion work
Empowerment and best practice. 
As a traditional music tutor there are many opportunities for work in Wales and internationally. Whether it be delivering a workshop at a festival, running school workshops, tune clubs or teaching on residential courses, the chance to add extra value to your portfolio is now.  
Participants will have the opportunity to receive an Agored Cymru Level 2 accreditation upon completion. 
Interested? Choose your preferred location:
Swansea - begins November 2014 
Bangor - begins February 2015
Each course takes place across seven full days of training on selected weekdays over a five week period.  Exact dates and venues announced shortly.
Cost: Just £120.00 per participant (subsidised rate).
Places are highly limited and subject to approval.  Register your interest now:
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Welcome to the House of Folk! Ty Gwerin at the Eisteddfod

Ty Gwerin at this year's Eisteddfod is in a giant yurt, and you'll find it on the Maes (the Eisteddfod field) by following the signs!

There's an amazing programme of activities: live music, workshops, children's activities, talks, sessions, a shop and cafe, and more! The week's programme's here and for more detail on each day, go to the drop-down menus: Our work > Eisteddfod 2014 > each day's programme

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